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Cogna/Te/Do/To: How To Use Cognates In English, Spanish, And Portuguese, Nancy A. Acosta Jan 2018

Cogna/Te/Do/To: How To Use Cognates In English, Spanish, And Portuguese, Nancy A. Acosta

Creative Components

This creative component introduces the concept of cognates and false cognates through sequential art. This guide on cognates leads the reader through a fictional society whose core philosophy is centered around languages and the preservation of any that they come across. By using storytelling elements present both in comic book work (sound effects, emotive characters, sequential order) and in graphic design (information hierarchy, semiotics), the story builds a connection between the material and the reader. Cognates here can be a tool for English speakers to acquire vocabulary of Spanish and Portuguese. With the main character of an ex-astronaut, who was ...


Fandom And Fiction: Adolescent Literature And Online Communities, Samantha Dunn Jan 2016

Fandom And Fiction: Adolescent Literature And Online Communities, Samantha Dunn

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Internet and multimedia platforms are changing the way adolescents read and interact with literature, and in turn changing the way many writers for adolescents approach their readers and their work. Three authors of popular young-adult literature, Lois Lowry, J.K. Rowling, and John Green, demonstrate a range of approaches and responses to new communities of readership and “fandom.” The communities built around successful adolescent reader franchises have begun to engage in both online interaction and real-world activities such as charitable fundraising and fan publishing; this phenomenon may change the nature of adolescent literature and has even broader possible implications.


Letting Gendered Spaces Go: Striving Toward Gender And Nature Balance Through Bonding In Disney's Frozen And Maleficent, Sarah Chase Crosby Jan 2016

Letting Gendered Spaces Go: Striving Toward Gender And Nature Balance Through Bonding In Disney's Frozen And Maleficent, Sarah Chase Crosby

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

From Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) to more contemporary releases such as Brave (2012), scholars have extensively examined the portrayal of gender in the Disney Princess films. A significant shift in representation started to occur in the 21st century with a greater portrayal—albeit still problematic—of gender roles. Two recent films, Disney's animated Frozen (2013) and live-action Maleficent (2014), significantly illustrate how society's views of women have shifted, causing Disney to adjust its Princesses so as to mirror contemporary, more egalitarian ideals. In this thesis, I will demonstrate how the depiction of sisterly love in ...


Harry Potter's Heroics: Crossing The Thresholds Of Home, Away, And The Spaces In-Between, Mary D. Reding Jan 2016

Harry Potter's Heroics: Crossing The Thresholds Of Home, Away, And The Spaces In-Between, Mary D. Reding

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This thesis seeks to identify and explore two mechanisms that combine to create a potential source of the widespread popularity and appeal of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter stories. The following pages will suggest that the application of literary space theory and heroic archetypal constructs to the series serves to illuminate the methods by which readers are initiated into the imaginary spaces of the Wizarding and Muggle worlds. By drawing connections between elements characteristic of mythographer Joseph Campbell’s hero cycle and literary theorist Gaston Bachelard’s concept of topophilia, this work ultimately concludes that Rowling’s progressive and ...


The Emergence And Evolution Of Trans-Corporeality In Charles Darwin's On The Origin Of Species And Henry David Thoreau's Walden And "Walking", Adam Frederick Haenlein Jan 2016

The Emergence And Evolution Of Trans-Corporeality In Charles Darwin's On The Origin Of Species And Henry David Thoreau's Walden And "Walking", Adam Frederick Haenlein

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

“The Emergence and Evolution of Trans-Corporeality in Charles Darwin's On The Origin of Species and Henry David Thoreau's Walden and ‘Walking'” attempts to establish a nineteenth-century, trans-Atlantic connection between English naturalist Charles Darwin and American Transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau by considering the manner in which each author's seminal work considers the relationship between human beings and the natural world. By considering the lens of twenty-first century scholar Stacy Alaimo, whose concept of trans-corporeality suggests that all organic beings are inseparably linked to their environments, readers will discover that such interconnected sentiments have existed in our society even ...


(Mis)Representation At The Movies: Film, Pedagogy, And Postcolonial Theory In The Secondary English Classroom, Lucas Alan Rodewald Jan 2016

(Mis)Representation At The Movies: Film, Pedagogy, And Postcolonial Theory In The Secondary English Classroom, Lucas Alan Rodewald

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This thesis examines the potential role of film study in the secondary English and Language Arts classroom. Highlighting the frustrated current pedagogical relationship between most secondary instructors and film, it seeks to provide educators with resources to assist them in weaving motion pictures into their classrooms. Specifically, it describes using film to teach secondary students fundamental concepts of postcolonial critical theory. As a result, the thesis addresses three overarching questions: 1) To what extent can the study of film serve as a pedagogical tool in the secondary English classroom? 2) What strategies and concepts can instructors use to make the ...


Dante Rossetti: Re-Envisioning Desire In The Domestic Sphere Of Victorian Society, Allison Alexis Watson Jan 2015

Dante Rossetti: Re-Envisioning Desire In The Domestic Sphere Of Victorian Society, Allison Alexis Watson

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Dante Gabriel Rossetti's romantic vision represented in his longer poems, such as "Jenny" and "The Blessed Damozel," spurred a vast amount of criticism with scholar who note the various themes of female sexuality. However, many of these analyses neglect prevalent themes such as sexuality, religious allusions, and the male-female relationship within the domestic space. Rossetti's The House of Life continually presents these themes; however, many non-anthologized sonnets are not critically studied by scholars. Rossetti both challenges and propels Victorian ideals through the portrayal women and their relationships with men within the domestic space. In my thesis I will ...


Artistic (Mis)Representation And Commodity Culture In The Picture Of Dorian Gray And The House Of Mirth, Evan Taylor Jan 2015

Artistic (Mis)Representation And Commodity Culture In The Picture Of Dorian Gray And The House Of Mirth, Evan Taylor

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

"Artistic (Mis)representation and Commodity Culture in The Picture of Dorian Gray and The House of Mirth" attempts to establish a trans-Atlantic connection between authors Oscar Wilde and Edith Wharton by considering the manner in which each author's respective protagonist relates to art, commodities, and the society in which he or she lives. By reading Dorian Gray and Lily Bart through the lens of Jean Baudrillard's Simulacra and Simulation (1981), the companion chapters show the extent to which each character's reality is complicated by his or her illusory relationship with both fine arts and social artistry. The ...


Finding The Erotic, Embracing Ambiguity, And Escaping Extremes: Unearthing The Queer Experience In Dorothy Allison's Cavedweller, Leah Elizabeth Wilson Jan 2015

Finding The Erotic, Embracing Ambiguity, And Escaping Extremes: Unearthing The Queer Experience In Dorothy Allison's Cavedweller, Leah Elizabeth Wilson

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Dorothy Allison's second novel, Cavedweller (1998) continues her critique of Southern gender, sexuality, and class categories that her initial novel, Bastard Out of Carolina, began. However, despite the wealth of critical literature on Allison's first novel and Cavedweller's warm reception and recognition as a powerful LGBT work, scholarship on Allison's second novel remains limited. My thesis addresses the mysterious lacuna of critical literature by unearthing Allison's construction of gender and sexuality within the novel and presenting one of the novel's main characters, Cissy Pritchard, as a gender ambiguous and queer "white trash" character who ...


Cather And The Turner Thesis: Reimagining America's Open Frontier, Tonya Ann Tienter Jan 2015

Cather And The Turner Thesis: Reimagining America's Open Frontier, Tonya Ann Tienter

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Willa Cather often earns attention from environmental literary scholars for her beatific and nostalgic depiction of "the frontier," though in this ecocritical study, I argue that Cather presents a unique, multi-faceted evolution of America's frontier and claims it, once again, as a physical place that deserves salvaging. From 1913-1925, Cather worked within Frederick Jackson Turner's frontier rhetoric, yet she moved America's frontier from a physical landscape of the past to a frontier-of-war in France and finally into the home. With O Pioneers!, Cather offers a nostalgic view of life in Nebraska, though she rejects Turner's creation ...


Anticipating The New Woman Figure Through Subversions Of Feminine Identity: Rhoda Broughton, Ouida, And Female Sexuality, Caroline E. Martin Jan 2015

Anticipating The New Woman Figure Through Subversions Of Feminine Identity: Rhoda Broughton, Ouida, And Female Sexuality, Caroline E. Martin

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Rhoda Broughton's Cometh Up as a Flower and Ouida's (Marie Louise Ramè) Moths were highly popular in the Victorian period, but have fallen from the favor of readers and critics over the course of the twentieth century. Of note is each author's overt discussion of the topic of female sexuality, the very treatment of which challenges traditional Victorian standards of morality. In looking at these books, I assess their representations of the ways in which Victorian societal strictures--particularly in categorizing and objectifying women--interfered with the formation of female sexuality and female identity.

While Broughton and Ouida do ...


Linguistic Fusion: A Comparative Sociolinguistic Study Of Spanish-English Code-Switching Found In Natural And Planned Speech, Ann Frances Draemel Jan 2011

Linguistic Fusion: A Comparative Sociolinguistic Study Of Spanish-English Code-Switching Found In Natural And Planned Speech, Ann Frances Draemel

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The following study analyzes the frequency and nature of Spanish-English code-switching found in both the natural and planned speech (i.e. film) of Mexican-Americans. It investigates and compares the form, frequency, and function of code-shifts in four hours of recorded bilingual conversation obtained from the radio station, KXOL-FM Latino 96.3 (based out in Los Angeles, California) with the code-shifts found in Cardoso's (2003) film, Real Women Have Curves. Particular attention is given to what type of code-switching occurs in the recordings (whether it is intersentential switching or intrasentential switching) and specifically where those distinct types of code-shifts occur ...


A Perfect Storm: How Biorenewables Scientists Are Reading Kairos, Exercising Agency, And Locating A New Scientific Ethos That Supports Public Engagement, Noel Elyce Holton Jan 2010

A Perfect Storm: How Biorenewables Scientists Are Reading Kairos, Exercising Agency, And Locating A New Scientific Ethos That Supports Public Engagement, Noel Elyce Holton

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The end of the Cold War brought with it profound changes in the way that scientific research is funded and practiced. Aided by a culture that once largely promoted scientific objectivity and purity, scientific rhetoric traditionally eschewed arguments that relied on ethos. Instead, scientists during the Cold War era were able to adopt a persona of objective "invisibility" that occluded the material realities of "doing" science, preferring to use logos-based appeals to persuade. The decline in Cold War era federal funding, however, coupled with an intense public interest in the effects of global warming have increasingly prompted scientists to build ...


Shaping A Functional And Sustainable Biofuels Industry Through Bridging Industrial Needs With Farmer Production Capabilities, Richard M. Cruse, James Richardson, Carl Herndl, Mack C. Shelley Ii, Elena Yu Polush, Brent H. Shanks, Carl Roberts Jan 2010

Shaping A Functional And Sustainable Biofuels Industry Through Bridging Industrial Needs With Farmer Production Capabilities, Richard M. Cruse, James Richardson, Carl Herndl, Mack C. Shelley Ii, Elena Yu Polush, Brent H. Shanks, Carl Roberts

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

In order for the biofuels industry to survive and succeed, it will need the cooperation of Iowa farmers to supply biomass. Farmers have concerns about production that need to be addressed in order to create a sustainable industry.


The Influence Of Collaboration On Attitudes Towards English Vocabulary Learning, Sarah Rebecca Huffman Jan 2010

The Influence Of Collaboration On Attitudes Towards English Vocabulary Learning, Sarah Rebecca Huffman

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

While many studies in second language learning have concentrated on developing effective vocabulary instruction methodologies, little research has focused on the specific ways instructors can encourage positive learner attitudes towards the vocabulary learning process. Integrating varied learning styles into vocabulary learning activities may be one way for second language educators to help cultivate positive attitudes towards study of English vocabulary, as well as promote vocabulary acquisition. This experimental study investigates how participation in collaborative vocabulary learning environments impacts ESL students' attitudes towards and motivation in English vocabulary learning, and their understanding of and ability to use the target vocabulary appropriately ...


Disappearances, Luke T. Bergeron Jan 2008

Disappearances, Luke T. Bergeron

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Disappearances is a coming of age novel that includes science fiction and magical elements. It focuses on a young man named Leo who awakes on morning to find that everyone on the planet has disappeared. He travels around the empty United State for six months, grappling with memories and loneliness until he meets a shaman who helps him come to terms with the major events of his life.


The Cyborg Is The Message: A Monstrous Perspective For Communication Theory, Katherine Anna Merrick Jan 2007

The Cyborg Is The Message: A Monstrous Perspective For Communication Theory, Katherine Anna Merrick

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


Female Wards, Feminism, And Mentorship In Mansfield Park And Jane Eyre, Miranda Mccullick Jan 2006

Female Wards, Feminism, And Mentorship In Mansfield Park And Jane Eyre, Miranda Mccullick

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Although a striking number of similarities exist between Jane Austen's Mansfield Park and Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, the heroines of these novels provoke very different reactions regarding their qualifications as feminist heroines. While Jane Eyre is often celebrated as one of the most highly feminist characters in the women's literature canon, many critics read Fanny Price as ultimately succumbing to and reinforcing traditional, patriarchal values. This thesis examines the ways in which these heroines' roles as female wards in a patriarchal society influence their roles as feminist heroines and evaluates them as such using the following criteria ...


"A Solution To A Worrisome Problem": The Rhetoric Of Scientific Discourse In A Public Policy Dispute About The Environment , James Robert Heiman Jan 2006

"A Solution To A Worrisome Problem": The Rhetoric Of Scientific Discourse In A Public Policy Dispute About The Environment , James Robert Heiman

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The goal of this study is to demonstrate how rhetorical analyses of public discourse artifacts and practices reveal science as a civic discourse---with highly epideictic and deliberative purposes---that guides public policy decisions made by non-expert, civic leaders. Though typically recognized for its forensic function, little is written about how the epideictic function of scientific discourse politically performs in public policy debates about the environment. Nor is much written about the connection between the epideictic and deliberative functions of scientific discourse and the resolution of public controversies. To demonstrate the intersection of the political and scientific, I present a case study ...


Preference And Performance With Cartoon-Like Images In Instructional Documentation , Amanda Nicole Metz Bemer Jan 2006

Preference And Performance With Cartoon-Like Images In Instructional Documentation , Amanda Nicole Metz Bemer

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

In this thesis, I examine Americans' preferences for and performance with three different types of visuals in instructions: cartoon-like images, photographs, and line drawings. Using an electronic survey and usability tests, I conclude that though Americans of most ages generally dislike cartoon-like images and tend to prefer photographs and line drawings, performance for two specific age groups exhibiting dislike (those under 24 years of age and over 50) demonstrates increased success using cartoon-like images. This finding suggests that technical communicators need to conduct usability tests for multiple age groups. In addition, I explain that more research on methodology is necessary.


Defining Family: Essays And Poems , Cassandra Lynne Miller Jan 2006

Defining Family: Essays And Poems , Cassandra Lynne Miller

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


Preserving Organizational Knowledge With Proper Document Management , Oksana Kornilova Opsomer Jan 2006

Preserving Organizational Knowledge With Proper Document Management , Oksana Kornilova Opsomer

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


Same Difference , Akilah S. Brown Jan 2006

Same Difference , Akilah S. Brown

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


Virtual Contexts: Investigating Physicality And Rhetorical Situation , Katherine Salmon Miles Jan 2006

Virtual Contexts: Investigating Physicality And Rhetorical Situation , Katherine Salmon Miles

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

My research stems from a service-learning project in my technical communication course---a project that involved the creation of print, oral, and electronic instructions for filming within a virtual reality chamber. Soon into the project, I realized that students had difficulty conceptualizing the project's rhetorical situation---the context, purpose, and audience of a high-tech research center. Although I provided students with abstracted textual descriptions, oral explanations, and visual depictions of the virtual environment, they were unable to engage with or respond to the assignment's rhetorical situation. My dissertation postulates the impasse was due to students' lack of access to a ...


Can Difference Speak?: Representation And Ethos Of Otherness With/In Postmodern Research, Classroom, And Online Communication Practices , Oksana Hlyva Jan 2006

Can Difference Speak?: Representation And Ethos Of Otherness With/In Postmodern Research, Classroom, And Online Communication Practices , Oksana Hlyva

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This dissertation examines ways difference or otherness is represented at three research sites to underscore practical ethical dilemmas engendered by the postmodern crisis of representation. Inspired largely by Gayatri Spivak's influential Can the Subaltern Speak? the dissertation seeks to illustrate a practical usefulness of postcolonial and post-structuralist insights for rhetoric and composition as well as business and technical communication practitioners who aspire to reconcile their allegiance with the postmodern and postethnographic representation critique and prevalent modernist, positivist, and reductive institutional exigencies;Embedded within the dissertation are three papers that elaborate on concrete representational practices in three specific research locales ...


Stoic , Sharon Koelling Jan 2006

Stoic , Sharon Koelling

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Stoic is a non-fiction childhood trauma memoir. The theme of loss is explored through the manuscript as the author delves into the family dynamics prior to a devastating car accident and the stark realities afterward. The mother is left a paraplegic as a result of the accident. The story takes place in the 1960s and early 1970s. This is one family's tragedy as told from a child's point-of-view. Set in a post-WWII suburban community, the comparison of relative prosperity and the loss of normalcy are detailed. The author incorporates both her Norwegian and German heritage as the family ...


Nik Reno And Other Things Remembered , Suzanne Marie Browning Jan 2006

Nik Reno And Other Things Remembered , Suzanne Marie Browning

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


Sweet Red Sounds , Julia Jane Sweet Jan 2006

Sweet Red Sounds , Julia Jane Sweet

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


A Plea For Sympathy And Understanding In The Portrayal Of Motherless Daughters In Elizabeth Gaskell's Fiction, Valerie Ann Hyatt Jan 2006

A Plea For Sympathy And Understanding In The Portrayal Of Motherless Daughters In Elizabeth Gaskell's Fiction, Valerie Ann Hyatt

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


Towards A Dialogic Theory Of New Media Literacy, S. Scott Graham Jan 2006

Towards A Dialogic Theory Of New Media Literacy, S. Scott Graham

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Since the work of Gunther Kress, Cynthia Selfe, Anne Wysocki, the New London Group and others, many composition instructors are integrating the study and practice of new communication technologies into their pedagogy. This burgeoning amalgam of fields, which I call new media literacy studies, is heavily invested in extending first-year composition and literacy instruction to address the growing ubiquity of information communication technologies. This thesis begins with an exploration of the scope of these new media literacy theories, and argues for a new media literacy theory grounded in the dialogic theories of Mikhail Bakhtin and the Sophists. By bringing a ...